Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative
SF State's College of Ethnic Studies has been on the vanguard of Queer Ethnic Studies over the past 20 years. It has aggressively incorporated curricula in sexuality studies, implemented new courses such as “AIDS and People of Color” and “Latino Sexualities” and hired scholars working at the intersection of race, gender and sexuality. Today, one in four of our tenured/tenure-track faculty have expertise in queer studies, and a third of our graduate students pursuing one of our two M.A. degrees (Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies) are engaged in thesis projects on queer and/or trans people of color.
The Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative is part of the College’s strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, support graduate student scholarship, and investigate the creation of a major on queers of color.
The College’s faculty, students and alumni are recognized for their leadership in the LGBTQ community and for their contributions as Queer Ethnic Studies scholars. Among the notable faculty are Dean Kenneth Monteiro, who was a 2013 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, Associate Dean Amy Sueyoshi, who is a 2017 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, and Professor of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, who is a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Studies for his book Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco's Two-Spirit Community.
SF State Alum Shawn Demmons (BA in Africana Studies and MA in Public Health) organized the first two International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrations at SF State. He was selected to represent his fellow graduating students as the recipient of the prestigious College of Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Hood honor at the 2005 SF State Commencement ceremony. Today, Shawn works for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF. He previously served as the Chair of the Board Directors for the Transgender Law Center and as the Program Manager for Black Brothers Esteem, a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation that utilizes community engagement to improve HIV-related health outcomes among African-American gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, and transgender/gender-variant folks.
For more information about supporting the Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative, please contact Alex Sanchez, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-338-1032.